Monday, February 09, 2015

Quest Hotel Cebu

Kit and I wanted to spend either the Christmas Eve 2014 or New Year's Eve 2015 in a hotel for a change. So I made a reservation with Quest Hotel for December 31, a lucky shot because it was the only one available at the time of booking. Sadly it was not realized... We were not able to make it. 

Thankfully, Quest honored our reservations (because it was fully paid in advance), and let us avail of it after the Sinulog season. We went there one February weekend, just when Quest was busy in preparation for the coming Valentine celebration.

Entrance to the Quest Hotel

The Hotel Logo at the entrance

The Hotel Lobby

Going to the elevators

The view from our room

Our room

Went swimming in the early morning

The skyline from the pool

Their restaurant

Buffet Table

Kit forced me to join her in this heart thing...

The hallway - our room in on the right

Quest Hotel is mid-sized and still basically new. It is very clean. Has complete amenities like safety deposit box, TV, hot and cold shower, toiletries. Their staff are warm, courteous, and very hospitable. Their price, for me, is just right. Not too expensive. I would love to come back again...

Quest Hotel And Conference Center - Cebu
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines
t: +63 32 4025999
f: +63 32 4025986
e: CebuInfo@Quest-Hotels.Com

The Year That Was 2014

Compared to 2012 and 2013,  the year 2014 was way much better - because I didn't have to contend with the pain of losing some beloved members of the family. Thank God! nobody close to me died that year...

The highlights:

1.  A wish came true when Kit and I were able to spend a day in Alegre Beach Resort last March. The place was truly dreamy. It did not disappoint...

2.  For the first time in years, I together with my sister got to travel again.  And this time we got to travel to Davao. It was my long time wish to see Davao, and it came true when I got invited to visit our Davao office and meet the team for the first time.

3.  I got to visit Bohol again. The first time I visited Bohol was with Tita Dorie and the Credit Card team back in the late 1990's, which was centuries ago... My sister and I got to tour the old churches which were destroyed during the 2013 earthquake.  We also had a wonderful stay at Amarela Resort.

4.  Kit (my sister) got her wish to join a government agency. 

5.  Before Kit got her wish, we had a lot of food trips around Cebu City. And because of this, I got back into blogging again and went on to become a finalist for Best Cebu Blogs.

Of course, I didn't win, much to my disappointment. Kit teased me that I actually got what I wished for because I originally said "I would be happy just becoming a finalist!". Which became true. I don't think I will try to join again this year. I am happy already as it is.  What I really want to do now is to have new directions for my blog...

Anyway, here's to the new year 2015. I wish you will be as eventful as 2014 in a more positive way... And I wish there will be more travel destinations to conquer!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One Sunday at Insular Square North Road Mandaue

Last November 23, after mass we trooped to Insular Square to dig out our very last money from the ATM, and planned to go home and curled up and watch TV. There was no budget for gallivanting. Unknowingly there were small surprises in store for us...

Insular Square is a decent mini-mall which is approximately about 10 minutes from our place. It is already populated but I guess it still needs to flex a lot of muscles to invite more interesting locators. It is in a good location and has a parking area, but for those who don't have cars, it is difficult to get a taxi - a problem if we buy a lot of groceries from Save and More.

Front Facade of Insular Square

The Signages are quite obvious from the road, you won't miss it when you pass by

There are only 2 levels, and this is the second level

View of Ground Level from Second Floor

Parking Area

Our favorite Mooon Cafe

Beauty Parlor and Store for the Doggies

I love this branch of  Rose Pharmacy because there are fewer customers and waiting time for orders is not too long...

We decided to have our lunch at Jonies, because we were hungry and in need of a quick bite. Food was okay and a bit cheaper compared to other restos around... which is just great!

Because we were happy that our lunch was affordable and within budget, we ventured around and went upstairs to the second level. There were 2 beauty salons but Franzy offered haircut at 50 Pesos. Really? 100 Pesos for both of us?Hmmm.. even an additional tip is still within budget.

The salon from the outside

Lovely Chandeliers

Franzy is ostentatious in its overwhelming decor. But heck, I'd willingly pay 50 pesos to sit infront of those ornate mirrors and be treated like a queen.  

Gilded Mirrors and bright red paint

Kit having her hair cut by a sweet stylist

She got sleepy...hahaha

Our day did not end at Franzy Beauty Salon, we went down and had a back and arm massage for 30 minutes by the Blinds for only 75 pesos each... It's not the Spa of course, but we wanted to give huge support to the Blind Masseurs, in our small way.

Went afterwards to Save and More for some fruits and veggies... and decided to call it a day!

The roads were surprisingly empty... But of course, because Manny Pacquiao's fight will be shown on the TV that day! That's why.

When we got home we were able to catch Manny's fight with Algeri on Ch 7, and surprisingly for me - He won! I was actually expecting him to lose this fight, but Manny can be quite unpredictable. 

That Sunday was full of small and happy surprises for us...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cinema 5 - Ayala Center Cebu

I think it has been years since we last watch a movie in a cinema theater. The DVD player and home theater is giving the movie cinemas a very good competition. But passing the Ayala cinemas on some Sundays from the chapel, my sister and I became curious on the new trends and developments that went about while we were not looking...

True enough, there is a new movie theater in Ayala Center, the Cinema 5. Last Sunday, finally we decided to try and watch the Interstellar in the latest and newest theater addition.

Bought tickets in a central station
The queue is carefully being monitored by a guard
Buying tickets is fast and easy
Food is available nearby
Cinema 5 is located in the newly added wing near Fudge Restaurant
That's the entrance to the cinema, another guard on watch
We are going in...

Sorry, we were not able to take photos inside, but let me describe the place... Because it is new, it is very clean. It is carpeted. Seats are designed like stairs so that no head block one's view. The new seats are bigger and comes with a head rest. There is a bigger allowance between seats, so that legs can be comfortably stretched. The airconditioning is very cold. And the sound system is great! Everybody is seated, and I noticed nobody comes in the middle of the show. That's good! We should be encouraged to watch a movie from the beginning. When we went out, there was a long line of people waiting to go inside. That should be the way to go. No pushing, no shoving... Overall my sister and I enjoyed our movie that Sunday afternoon.

Honored and Humbled ... BCBA Awards 2014

When I found out I was chosen as a finalist for the Best Cebu Personal Blog Category for 2014, I couldn't believe it! Hohoho-hoho! Crazy happy feeling ... I felt honored and humbled at the same time.

"The Best Cebu Blogs Awards (BCBA) is a yearly Awarding Ceremony of Cebu-based Bloggers. BCBA is the only and pioneering award giving body that recognizes the existence of blogs and bloggers in Cebu’s blogosphere. It acknowledges the existence and importance of Cebu Bloggers in the Visayas and in the Philippines. BCBA aims to recognize the finest blogs by Cebuanos and Cebu-based bloggers which are at par even with their foreign counterparts."

Last November 18, I received the much anticipated Invitation from BCBA for the Awards Night to be held on December 07, 2014 at Avalon in Cebu Business Park. I couldn't contain my excitement at the prospect of meeting Cebu's finest bloggers and the prime movers in promoting Blogging in Cebu.

This is the 7th Awards night, and it is made possible with the help of the following sponsors:  

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Thank you BCBA for giving me a chance to be part of this wonderful event! My Salute to all who gave their valuable support!

As for me, couldn't stop myself from counting the days towards December 07, 2014...